We all know the benefits and the importance of regular exercise. It can have a wonderfully positive impact on your health and longevity. But just like anything else in life, too much exercise is not always a good thing. In today’s guide, we’re going to take a look at some of the issues that exercising could cause you!
Too much too soon
Over exercising can cause almost as many issues as not exercising at all. Excess stress on your muscles and ligaments can result in severe injury, and there can be occasions when too much activity can break down your muscle tissues rather than build and strengthen them. Repetitive motion is another big issue. We all know that repetitive strain injury is a common problem for people who spend a lot of time typing or sitting with a bad posture. It’s the same principle for those who do the same exercises each and every day. Mix things up and give your muscles time to recover to reduce the impact of repetition.
Exercise gets all those endorphins flowing in the brain. In general, this is a good thing, but it can also be quite addictive. Some people can become totally obsessed with exercising and weight loss. As a result, the development of eating disorders further down the line are not uncommon. In fact, on average, women who exercise more than five hours every week have rates of eating disorders of more than 2.5 times that of women who doesn’t exercise. Be careful that you aren’t engaging in physical activity to the point of obsession.
As you exercise more and more, you will find that you get a huge buzz around challenging yourself. But it can lead to overconfidence. Maybe you will end up doing physical feats that are just too much for you or end up needing emergency ground transportation after a fall while exercising in inaccessible terrain. It’s easy to see how these incidents can happen. Ten press-ups become a hundred; fifteen lengths of the pool becomes a two-mile swim in the sea, and you are more likely to push yourself to limits you couldn’t have believed beforehand. Know your limits, and alway exercise safely as much as possible. Pushing yourself is one thing, injuring yourself is another entirely.
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Finally, when you exercise a lot, you might start feeling that you deserve a lot of rewards. In fact, many people that exercise often use their healthy lifestyles as an excuse for exuberance and unhealthy behavior. In many cases, it’s due to the amount of mental and physical exertion taking its effect on your mind. You become more susceptible to temptation, as you are overtaxing yourself – and it’s a bigger problem than you might think. Whether it’s heavy drinking at the weekend or having the occasional cigarette, just because you are otherwise fit and healthy doesn’t mean you are superhuman.
Does exercising too much cause you any trouble? If so, why not let us know in the comments section below.